Ericsson has gone live in Aachen, Germany. The company claims the undertaking is part of the largest 5G research network in Europe to develop and test 5G industrial application scenarios.
For the next three years, Ericsson will conduct tests as the Melaten campus of RWTH Aachen University that connects with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT (FIR), the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering and the FIR for Industrial Management.
The 1 sq km campus — which has access to 3.7 GHz to 3.8 GHz band range — will research and test the areas of application of 5G in industrial use cases from 5G sensor technology for monitoring and controlling production processes to mobile robotics and logistics as well as cross-location production chains. Additionally, edge-cloud systems for fast data processing for fully networked and adaptive production will be tested.
The 5G campus in Europe is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) focused on the introduction of the new mobile communications standard in the manufacturing industry.